Over 1,100 flights have been canceled from the UK this week due to staff shortages related to Covid and other disruptions, including easyJet and British Airways canceling hundreds of flights
New research from aeronautical analysis firm Cirium examined the number of cancellations between March 28 and April 3 while Brits pressed on Easter The bank holidays have been marred by delays and long queues at airports including Manchester and Birmingham.
In fact, passengers are encouraged to do so arrive at the airport at the earliest possible time to allow for security check delays after some passengers queued for four hours over the weekend.
According to the Cirium study, 382 of the canceled flights were intended for weekend trips.
It’s a strong comparison to pre-pandemic levels; for the same period in 2019, only 197 flights were canceled at the time. This results in a 480% increase in cancellations compared to pre-pandemic levels.
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easyJet has canceled at least 222 flights since Friday, attributing the disruption to “above average staff sick leave” due to Covid. Meanwhile, British Airways announced the cancellation of 115 flights to or from Heathrow Airport.
Commenting on the data, Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency said: “This is a staggering number of flight cancellations caused by a cocktail of understaffing and Covid-induced staff shortages. Airlines certainly see high demand for flights, but are simply unable to meet that demand due to a lack of resources. This is a nightmare for airlines and airports right now.”
If you’re looking to travel this week, The Mirror has put together a guide How to check if your flight has been cancelled.
The silver lining for holidaymakers is that if an airline cancels your flight, you have a legal right to a refund or to be rebooked on an alternative flight to your destination.
You may also be offered a voucher from the airline to use towards a future booking.
You can choose one of the options, but if you’d rather get a full refund, you’re entitled to it.
According to the Citizens Advice Bureaudoes a full refund also include “other flights on the airline that you are not using in the same booking, such as onward or return flights”.
If you are halfway through a journey, you also have the right to fly back to your original airport of departure.
Note that you may also be entitled to compensation if you were informed of the cancellation less than two weeks in advance and you are offered an alternative flight that will delay you by at least two hours.
You can find out more about the data at cirium.com.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/news/uk-flights-cancelled-easter-holidays-26637759 Travel chaos has seen 1,143 flights canceled in the UK this week, including disruptions from easyJet and BA